We had grilled banana boats for dessert Saturday night up in Pinyon. Hubby found a similar recipe on the Whole Foods website:
Did I mention that a Whole Foods Market is coming to Palm Desert? It should open this fall. The workers are busy remodeling the old Best Buy store and I can't WAIT for it to open! :-)
Deserts and Beyond
Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
My good friend Barb invited us up to her home in the pinyon area of our local mountains last night, so off we went, armed with asparagas, corn, and wine. We had grilled shrimp, chicken, corn, asparagas, and some peppers and home-grown tomatoes for dinner. It was delicious! AND, we ate outside (something that we can't do here in the desert this time of year)! We saw stars and the Milky Way. It was WONDERFUL! We met the nice couple who grew the tomatoes. They have their own small organic farm and I'm so thankful he shared his tomatoes with us! They were delicious, unlike those you buy in the grocery store (which taste like cardboard!). A good time was had by all, including Barb's horses and other animals! :-)
Monday, July 22, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Mountain fire (as it is called) is up in our local San Jacinto mountains, where I spend a lot of my free time. In fact, it's right at the turnoff to Idyllwild, where hubby and I spend weekends in a rented cabin. It is NOT moving toward the town of Idyllwild, rather it is now burning south and east, toward the Palm Springs Indian canyons. It started a few days ago and went from 5 acres to 10, to 25, to 50, then 900, then 1,500, then 2,500 acres, and it is now over 9,000 acres. It is only 10% contained. I drove up that way yesterday to go to my horses' weekly lesson (they are AWAY from the fire and are in no danger...) and after that I drove out Highway 74 to view the fire. There were quite a few cars pulled over, too. We haven't had a fire like this in our mountains for many, many years and the trees and brush are all very dry. Plus, the winds are not helping. It was quite breezy up there yesterday. It's very scary to see all the smoke settle down here in the Coachella Valley. A few mobile homes burned up near Mountain Center and Lake Hemet and a camp was evacuated. It's hard to control this fire because they are very few roads up in that area and NONE on the Palm Springs side until one gets to the Indian canyons and populated areas. I'll keep an eye on it and I might go out today to take more photos. Here are some from yesterday.
Friday, July 12, 2013
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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
I don't know what these flowers are, so maybe somebody can tell me? They are a low-lying, spreading flower. I found these up at the horse ranch where I board my horses. There were hummingbirds buzzing all around the ranch owner's porch. They weren't landing on these, but they sure were enjoying the hummingbird feeders! Anyway, I enjoyed viewing them, whatever they are~! Today's Flowers for July 7, 2013. To visit other flowers, please go to this link for Today's Flowers: http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
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Sorry I haven't been around for a while (apparently nobody cares...)...We sent to Idyllwild for a few days (5) this last week, Sunday through Thursday morning. I wanted to be home for the fireworks in case the dogs went ballistic. Ripley got very hyper for the first few fireworks, then settled down. Our desert house is only a couple of blocks away from the Palm Desert civic center, where there's a huge fireworks show. You should have heard all the car alarms that went off! Anyway, it was at least 20 degrees cooler up in Idyllwild and we both relax in the tall pines. No, really. We both notice that we are different people among the trees. Maybe because we both have Viking ancestors? I loved just sitting on the back porch and listening to the blue jays announce intruders to their forest (usually a crow). And, EVERYBODY disappeared when a hawk flew overhead. Two families of quail came to visit. One had 5 babies. The other family had 10! They were so tiny; they looked like little balls of feathers running around! (so cute!) There were about 5 squirrels and they, too, had their moments, especially when two of them would chase each other around a tree! Needless to say, it was very relaxing up there. Now we're home for a LONG stretch. Clouds and humidity have moved up into the valley because there is a tropical storm off the coast of Baja California. Ugh. It's REALLY humid here and my hair is frizzing!